Jim Murphy

An end to ‘shilly-shallying’

Gemma Doyle  |  17 October 2016

I am often asked whether I miss being an member of parliament. The answer is no, except when issues of defence and foreign policy are being debated, when I often end up shouting at the radio, and sometimes on it. Any minister or shadow minister will tell you that one of the most important parts …

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Big tent or sideshow?

The Insider  |  3 July 2015

Another dispatch from inside the Westminster village Cast your mind back a decade. As a Labour supporter, perhaps you were happy that Labour had won a majority, but were also uncomfortably aware of the dangerous territory ahead. The prime minister had announced this was his last election. Leadership speculation was growing. There were significant splits in the party over foreign …

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Go to the dark places

Editorial  |  30 June 2015

‘Run towards the defeat,’ was Jon Cruddas’ advice to candidates for the leadership in his post-election interview with Radio 4. ‘Go to the dark places’, he encouraged them. With a shock so bad – a loss to a Conservative party that did not deserve to be in contention – there is a collective grieving process taking place in the Labour party. …

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Mini-fistpumps all round

The Insider  |  3 February 2015

Ed Miliband’s route to Downing Street runs through Scotland. Without the 41 Labour seats that Scottish voters granted Gordon Brown’s party five years ago it will be almost impossible for Labour to reach a majority. With no majority, a smiling Alex Salmond would be all too willing to promise to temporarily back a Labour prime …

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The new insurgents

Kirsty O'Brien  |  3 February 2015

A boy from Arden done good is the SNP’s worst nightmare The opinion polls make for difficult reading for Labour supporters in Scotland. Relief or further worry may come in the shape of Michael Ashcroft’s next Scottish polls, which he has promised will be ‘fascinating’. It will certainly be interesting to see if Jim Murphy’s hyperactive …

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Parroting the Conservative line

Callum Munro  |  8 January 2015

With Scottish Labour’s new leadership team already beginning to set the agenda in Scottish politics, it would be easy to forget that today was only Kezia Dugdale’s second outing at first minister’s questions. The NHS is already a key dividing line in England and now it seems that Scottish Labour will also seek to make …

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A strong first outing

Callum Munro  |  18 December 2014

The Scottish Labour party was clear in its decision that Kezia Dugdale is exactly who we need as our new deputy leader. Today we saw why. In her first outing against Nicola Sturgeon at first minister’s questions, Kezia chose to lead on the highly topical issue of falling oil prices and the serious threat this …

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A mayor for all reasons

The Insider  |  5 December 2014

With Boris Johnson heading back to Westminster and no obvious Tory candidates having his metropolitan appeal, the Labour candidacy for the London mayoralty is a great prize. Sadiq Khan has secured for himself a significant number of early advantages. The shadow minister for London has used this position to promote both his strengths as a …

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Beating the Brexit cyber-bullies

Richard Angell  |  19 November 2014

Demos, in their recent work in association with Creative Commons looking at voter engagement across Europe, has some important recommendations for anyone worried about the health of our democracy. The report, debated under the hashtag #LikeShareVote, took a particular interest in social media and how it shapes and influences the debate. The report found that …

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Coming down the track

The Insider  |  4 November 2014

Scottish or not, it was easy to distinguish Labour members of parliament returning to Westminster from rays of sunshine. A conference kindest described as definitely not triumphal, underwhelming polls and a close-run thing in Heywood and Middleton cast a pall over the new parliamentary term. Auguries of hard times were easy to find. As predicted …

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